Whilst mainland Spain is struggling with surging coronavirus rates and dealing with regional lockdowns, the Canary Islands are faring a little better. Before lockdown, the islands were added to the UK’s safe travel list. Infections there remain low and, apart from the absence of visitors, the Canaries have been relatively unscathed by the virus overall.

Aside from the current COVID-19 situation, the Canary Islands are a great choice for a holiday home or for your forever home overseas. Here are a few reasons why.

The weather

If you’re looking for great weather all year round, the Canary Islands are a fantastic choice. Closer to the west coast of Africa than Spain, the location means you will enjoy sunshine all year round. The temperatures average at 17 ºC in the winter and 24 ºC in summer thanks to a cool offshore breeze, so you’ll avoid sweltering heat whilst staying toasty! As well as this, the Canaries get over 2,800 hours of sunshine a year. That’s at least 1,400 more than the UK!

The landscape

The landscape of the Canary Islands is pretty unique and certainly different to that of mainland Spain. From the volcanic terrain of Lanzarote to the sand dune beaches of Fuerteventura, to the landscapes of Grand Canaria and Tenerife that boast beaches, mountains and lush valleys, the Canaries certainly offer variety. If you love to explore, they are certainly a great choice.

The history and culture

The Canary Islands have been inhabited for 3000 years, so as you can imagine, there’s plenty of history to take in! Since then, the islands have been inhabited by the French, Arabic, Portuguese, and of course, the Spanish, amongst others. Each has left a piece of their legacy behind.

The Canarian people are warm, friendly and family orientated, enjoying regular fiestas and traditional events. The food is delicious and reflects the melting pot of influences on the islands – traditional Canarian dishes are mixed with African, Spanish and Latin American tastes. Staples include fish, corn and bananas.

The property market

Compared to the rest of Spain, the cost of buying property in the Canary Islands is relatively low. However, with seven islands to choose from, property prices can vary from island to island. You can find some very reasonable, small villas in coastal Fuerteventura for under €100,000. Tenerife and Grand Canaria offer plenty of choice, with both livelier and quieter areas that boast a whole range of prices.

So, if the Canary Islands sound like the place for you, why not start looking now? You could have your very own winter sun escape in a few months!


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